COVID-19 Weekly Update: June 30, 2020
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The Alliance for Pioneer Square is working diligently to support the Pioneer Square community through the COVID-19 virus outbreak. This is the 16th update in a a series of weekly messages outlining impacts and resources available. Find each weekly email to date on our website.

*Please see this week's new resources and opportunities highlighted in   RED *

What's Happening

  • *NEW* The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will immediately begin accepting street use permit applications, which allow restaurants, retail stores, vending trucks and carts to operate in the sidewalk or curb space in front of their business. The free SDOT flexible temporary street use permit options are for sidewalk cafes, merchandise displays, and food and other vending. These temporary permits will be available for up to six months. Read more here.

  • *NEW* Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that took effect Friday, June 26. Starting last Friday, every Washingtonian must wear a facial covering when in a public space, as mandated by the public health order. This includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces. 

  • *NEW* On June 27, 2020 Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced that the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 through the Safe Start” phased approach. Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, would be impossible at this time due to rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID-19 virus.

  • *NEW* Seattle City Council has passed Council Bill 119799, requiring premium pay for all gig workers working for food delivery companies during the coronavirus public health crisis. The legislation directs food delivery network companies–such as Grubhub and Postmates–to provide their workers with a $2.50 premium pay per order completed in Seattle during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold of District 1 (West Seattle, South Park) and Andrew J. Lewis of District 7 (Magnolia to Pioneer Square) introduced the bill, alongside several other councilmembers.

  • On Friday June 19th, King County entered Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan. Limited social gatherings may be held with five or fewer people outside your household. Restaurants, retailers and other businesses can serve customers. Most businesses will be required to operate at reduced capacity and hours, and all will be required to follow state guidelines designed to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers. These call for social distancing, regular hand washing and, with few exceptions, wearing cloth masks. Counties must remain in each stage of the  four-phased "Safe Start" process for at least three weeks, until health authorities can measure their progress towards eliminating the virus. Learn more here.

  • More than 15 additional free COVID-19 testing sites are now open in Seattle and other local cities. Public Health – Seattle & King County is urging anyone with even the mildest COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in close contact with someone ill with COVID-19 to get tested right away. All of the free sites are available through the Public Health testing website

Reopening Resources

  • *NEW* The City of Seattle is launching a series of Phase 2 reopening toolkits to help small businesses authorized to reopen under the Governor’s guidance to navigate public health requirements and financial considerations. The toolkits provide critical information for small business owners, including a reopening checklist, resources to access Personal Protective Equipment and financial assistance, testing information, and rent and commercial lease assistance. The City has toolkits for the following industries:Restaurants and taverns, Personal services, Professional services, In-store retail, Fitness and training, Domestic services. The toolkits are available on the City’s new reopening website.

  • The Alliance for Pioneer Square has introduced a section on our website to help provide businesses guidance and resources for best practices as they prepare to reopen their doors to customers.

Financial Resources

  • On June 15 the SBA reopened the EIDL application for new applications from qualified businesses. Businesses that have not previously applied may now apply for the loan which can be used for debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact, and that are not already covered by a PPP loan. Read more and apply here

  • SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Washington Small Businesses Economically Impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • OED provides technical assistance to businesses applying for SBA loans and understanding the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aids, Relief & Security). This includes helping businesses navigate the application process and documentation. For general inquiries, please email or call 206-684-8090.
  • Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications here.
  • Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Note, the deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is Dec. 16, 2020.
  • The City of Seattle’s Office of Economic development has compiled a summary of the CARES Act and a SBA FAQ.

Worker and Business Resources

  • *NEW* OED is hosting an informational webinar on Wednesday , July 1st to talk through the temporary outdoor permitting process including application and set up, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register here for the webinar.

  • Stoel Rives LLP has launched the Main Street Relief Project, a no-cost legal service for independent restaurants, bars, and retail establishments in the communities where the firm has offices. Visit here to learn more and apply for assistance.

  • OED has created a comprehensive resource page for workers and small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and is providing technical assistance to support small businesses. News and information about new policies and resources available from the City of Seattle, the State of Washington, the federal government, and philanthropic partners can be found on the OED's weekly Bottom Line blog.

  • The Office of the Mayor has created a page containing information and links for City of Seattle programs and services that may be helpful for residents significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Federal Government has launched a comprehensive webpage for small business owners to research their options.

Neighborhood Advocacy

  • *NEW* The Alliance for Pioneer Square is hosting a virtual information session on Friday, July 17th from 1:30-2:30p on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on Pioneer Square, relief and resources available from the City State and Federal government to all those impacted by the crisis, and the Alliance’s response to support our neighborhood. RSVP here to attend (note, a Zoom link will be provided on Thursday, June 16thth to those who RSVP). Find previous meeting slides and webinar recordings here.

  • The Alliance for Pioneer Square, in collaboration with DEI Creative, has launched an online marketplace as a tool for member businesses to generate revenue through online sales during the Coronavirus pandemic. Read DEI Creative's full press release about Support Local here.To participate in the Pioneer Square Marketplace, register your business here.

Partner Efforts

  • Mayor Durkan has launched “Seattle Protects”, an online marketplace to connect local manufacturers and businesses with organizations, communities, and individuals in need of cloth face coverings. Seattle Protects seeks to help local organizations, businesses, and nonprofits struggling to find face coverings at the scale necessary to serve their workforce. Learn more here.

Neighborhood Spotlight

Division Road's Contribute Through Craft (CTC) Program has directly donated over $15,000 to small businesses and their employees since its launch back in March. The program uses 10% of profits to do some grassroots good via goods sold each month . 

Starting this week, Division Road is commissioning  Assembly Barbershop to provide 100 Free Hair Cuts through the CTC program to those who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis and shutdowns in the Seattle area. Appointments with Assembly Barber Shop using the Cut the Crisis service, can be secured through their website .
Additional Resources

Please let us know how we might best support you. Feel free to contact any of us with comments, questions, suggestions, or concerns.

The Alliance Team